LONGVIEW, Wash. - A southwest Washington woman says her husband was the 59-year-old American hunter who was shot and killed during a bear hunt in northern British Columbia.
Shirley Cooper, of Toutle, told the Longview Daily News that her husband, Jeff Cooper, had been hunting a grizzly bear with guides. She says she was notified of his death by the Cowlitz County Chaplaincy on Tuesday after Canadian police contacted local authorities.
Canadian police are investigating the incident, which happened Monday in a remote forest service area about 60 miles south of Houston, British Columbia.
The man's family told the newspaper he wounded a grizzly Sunday night and tracked the bear down the next morning with two guides. The bear charged the group, and all fired. A bullet struck and killed Jeff Cooper.